Tonight’s episode will be the last time Stephen Colbert will be behind the desk as commander in chief of The Colbert Report. It’s bittersweet at best, and just plain sad at worst — at least it is for me.
I’m happy he’s moving up and on with his career — the man is a genius and certainly deserves it — but I just fear his humor will be toned-down and diluted in order to cater to The Late Show demographic. I can’t speak for everyone in my age group, obviously, but I don’t know one person who watches The Late Show on the regular — besides maybe a few of my 40+ friends and family — like they do with The Colbert Report.
I’m sure a big part of the decision to go with Colbert was in the hope that the shows current demographic changes and he brings in a younger crowd. I don’t really see that happening for a few reasons, but the main one in my opinion is that so many people — including myself — have already cut the cable cord and more and more continue to do the same.
I honestly hope The Late Show does well with Colbert at the helm, and perhaps he will radically change the face of mainstream late night TV, but I definitely have my doubts.
In this short video by The New York Times, a few of the paper’s TV journalists look back on The Report and touch on the genius that is Stephen Colbert.
Source: The New York Times